Jason Nielsen

Assistant Professor, Carleton University

I work at Carleton University as an assistant professor of applied statistics. My job is quite varied and includes teaching, mentoring honours undergraduate and graduate students, service to Carleton University as well as working on my own research. My research interests are pretty broad and include estimating functions in noisy data, point process models and numerical computing. These interests have direct applications in the medical, biological and environmental sciences; modeling disease prevalence and spread is an example.

Having the opportunity to work on topics that I find fascinating is definitely a perk of the job. One aspect of my career that I find particularly rewarding is that my research often overlaps with other investigators. In fact I work in collaborative projects regularly with researchers in very diverse areas of Science and Engineering. Not only do I find designing stochastic models to help these researchers answer pertinent questions very challenging and exciting but as an added bonus I get to learn about the cutting edge new science these researchers are exploring. I can think of no other field than Statistics where such diverse collaborations come together so naturally since all scientific investigation needs to deal with uncertainty.

If you have the mathematical aptitude then I can think of no better career than one in the statistical sciences. The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at SFU is also a great place to begin this journey. Not only is the Department one of the best in Canada with many world renowned researchers, it also has a very collegial atmosphere that makes you feel like you are part of a family. My experience there was very positive and I have nothing but gratitude to the faculty and staff who helped me along the way; without whom I would never be where I am. Not only the knowledge that was imparted through classes and mentoring but also by the opportunities that were provided such as a Co-op work term, being included in collaborative research projects early in my studies as well as travel abroad that expanded my horizons and world view.